up from behind sagebrush. >> it was right here that the two men popped up a little to our left over here. >> they didn't say a word, which made me even more frightened. i could tell immediately that they were hispanic. >> i dropped my walking stick, which is right here. we put our hands in the air. we started saying no, no, no, and started speaking spanish and telling them who we were. >> seconds later, a third man named tony emerged with a rifle. he spoke to them in english. >> he continued to interrogate us, ask us who we were, why we were there. i kept thinking, if i turn my back i'm going to get a bullet in the back of my head. >> after ten minutes of tense negotiating, the growers let the biologists go. >> here's a sample of the black seed ling trays they brought the plants out in. >> the next day when law enforcement rode in the growers were gone. they left behind everything -- shoes, food, clothes, trash, and 800 marijuana plants worth an estimated $5 million. a relatively small grow compared to those seen in the thousands of california, washington, and oregon areas.